Neat Whiskey – Written April 2003 (Aged 28)

Neat Whiskey

i watch them all
working out all that i do
working it out,
in relation to my past
they think that’s me
but i am more,
than a diet of self destruction
and neat whiskey
i watch them all
pledging love and support
telling me they know who i am
yet, they do not know at all
i sit at home
and listen to further versions of me
it makes feel alone
and i yearn for them to see
i am more than a diet of poor parenting
and neat whiskey
low expectations abound
and surprise comes for free
i watch them all
telling me to let go of the past
i know i have let go,
but i also know that they hang on
because often,
it is all they have of me
it is such a shame
because i am more,
than childhood failure and neat whiskey

James Garratt – April 2003

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